INEC Rules Out Further Extension In Deadline For Voters’ Registration

The possibility of extending the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration programme further has been ruled out by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) (CVR).

This was stated on Wednesday, July 27 at a news conference in Abakaliki by Chief Ken Okeagu, the INEC National Commissioner in charge of the states of Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo.

Okeagu said his task was to evaluate the exercise in the state while he was in Ebonyi on a one-day monitoring visit.

He said that he had visited the commission’s Local Government Area Offices to assess the progress so far made in the exercise.

He expressed satisfaction with the turnout of prospective registrants.

Okeagu commended INEC in Ebonyi for the arrangements put in place to ensure smooth exercise in the state.

He said that the commission would consider the deployment of additional voter enrollment machines to address the surge at the registration centres.

He, however, dismissed the possibility of further extension of the exercise, which is billed to end on July 31.

“I’m quite impressed. The arrangement is good and people are turning out.

“So far, we don’t have challenges other than the number of people that have been coming out to register.

“I have gone round some of the centres and we are discussing how to take care of the surge.

“Some of the arrangements are going to be internal and we are looking basically at getting more machines to attend to people.

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